Thursday, April 7, 2011

Architecture Tour in LA - HOUSE III

Outdoor fireplace. One of two poolside.
This is the third blog entry describing a recent tour of architecturally significant homes in Los Angeles. The tour was sponsered by the LA chapter of the American Institute of Architects.


This was easily the largest and most lavish home on the tour. It is available for $15,000,000.00.

Designed by David Thompson Associates with interior staging by Assembledge+ and Billy Rose Design it is ostensibly a renovation of an existing home. Clearly, though, the renovation was extensive enough to properly call this original architecture. There are many standout design elements here, from sculptured walls to a spectacular kitchen to numerous contemporary fireplaces. The two most remarkable items were the windows (metal frames sandwiched in walls of structural glass) and the patio (an assemblage of rusted steel fireplaces, a Barrigan-esque water sculpture, and an infinity-edge pool spilling towards views of the San Fernando valley.
Water spilling into a spa.

Looking back at the main house.

One of many indoor fireplaces.

A hidden skylight brings light to a bath.

A magic trick: suspending windows in fixed glass.

Looking at the pool from a second floor bedroom.

All photos: MJK


  1. This place looks great. Wish we saw more designs like this in the UK.

  2. I think architecture in la will likely be great.
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    I think la architecture will be great.